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James Alexander Darkforce – lyrics, voice, music in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9
Bookwar - lyrics, voice in 2, 4, 6, 8, music in 2, 4, 8
Bookwar & Arseniy Rozhkov – music in 6
Dmitriy Chernikov – guitars in 6

jamesalexanderdarkforce.bandcamp.com
soundcloud.com/bookwar
bookwar.bandcamp.com

photography by brezenstudio.com
design by EMERGE

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released December 9, 2014

After several solo releases on attenuation circuit, Russian artist Bookwar teams up with countryman James Alexander Darkforce, whose moniker gives a clue as to the sound of his tracks: 80s electro meets 90s trip hop in a gloomy mélange that manages to give familiar elements of these genres an unheard new twist while Bookwar’s electropop with rap vocals adds an occasional, if ironic, touch of pop bliss.

Darkforce offers five tracks that alternate between instrumental and vocal, while Bookwar brings four vocal-dominated tracks to the album. For a split whose individual tracks were not co-composed in the first place, this is a remarkably consistent release which, clocking in at about 33 minutes, has something like the perfect duration for a pop album. Also, it contains one of only three or so guitar solos in the whole attenuation circuit catalogue, a hilarious take on the clichés of the guitar solo in pop by Dmitry Chernikov on Bookwar’s track “Kolobok.”

File under: trip hop, electro

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